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Intermediate Spanish Listening Practice – When to use Spanish Indicative or Subjunctive when expressing opinion Posted by on May 19, 2019 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

In this Spanish lesson we are going to practice choosing when to use Spanish Indicative or Subjunctive when expressing opinion. As usual, first we will review some relevant grammar and vocabulary and then see if you can follow a short listening.

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This lesson is part of a Spanish course that practices the grammar and vocabulary first introduced in my Intermediate Spanish course posted here on the Transparent Language blog. Let’s test your listening comprehension and see if you can understand a short audio in Spanish. The transcript to the audio will be given at the end of the post but please try not to look at it until you have tried playing and understanding the audio a few times.

Use the following link to watch the corresponding video lesson of the original course:

Intermediate Spanish Lesson – When to use Spanish Indicative or Subjunctive when expressing opinion

Now play the audio to listen a conversation between between two flat mates. Can you understand what they are saying? Play the audio a few times before you look at the transcript. Don’t worry if you don’t understand every single thing the two people are saying. Try to catch whichever words you can and then try to piece things together to work out what is being said.

(Play the audio a few times before you scroll down and look at the transcript)



Clara: Tom, ¿por qué no lavas nunca tus platos? Es obvio que nadie los va a lavar por ti.
Tom: Es probable que no comprendas la razón por la que no lavo los platos.
Clara: ¿Cuál es?
Tom: Tengo alergia al jabón. Me sale un sarpullido en las manos.
Clara: Por favor…. Es vergonzoso que pongas una excusa tan absurda. ¿No puedes ponerte guantes? ¿O comprar un jabón diferente?
Tom: Es una pena que no me creas. No es una excusa, es la verdad. He probado todos los jabones en el mercado y todos me dan alergia.
Clara: Está claro que no has usado tu cerebro adecuadamente ¿No puedes ponerte guantes?
Tom: Clara, es injusto que me hables así. Es una falta de respeto. Y no, no puedo usar guantes. Me dan alergia.
Clara: Vale, es verdad que he sido un poco maleducada, pero es increíble que todos los jabones y todos los guantes te den alergia, la verdad.
Tom: Es evidente que no me crees, pero no puedo hacer nada para convencerte.
Clara: Bueno, tengo una idea. Yo lavo tus platos y tú recoges mi habitación todos los días.
Tom: ¿Qué dices? ¡Tu habitación es una pocilga!
Clara: Tom, es importante que lleguemos a un acuerdo.
Tom: Bueno, lo voy a pensar.


So, how did you get on? How much did you understand of the listening? Please let me know in the comments section below…

Don’t worry if you didn’t understand that much, keep reviewing the vocabulary and phrases and you will soon be up to speed and ready for the next lesson in this course. See you next time!

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About the Author: Laura & Adam

Laura & Adam have been blogging and creating online Spanish courses for Transparent Language since 2010. Laura is from Bilbao in northern Spain and Adam is from Devon in the south of England. They lived together in Spain for over 10 years, where their 2 daughters were born, and now they live in Scotland. Both Laura & Adam qualified as foreign language teachers in 2004 and since have been teaching Spanish in Spain, the UK, and online.